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Black Stupa (That Dam), Vientiane
(2.4/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web)
Legend has it that Black Stupa (That Dam) contains a dormant, seven-headed serpent, who guarded the city against the Siamese invasion in the 19th century. Located at the center of a roundabout, the monument is believed to have been built in the 16th century, and was once plated in gold before looters took its precious exterior, leaving it with the bare brick you see today. Stop by for a look at the stupa on your way to one of the nearby restaurants and bars. For Black Stupa (That Dam) and beyond, use our Vientiane family vacation planner to get the most from your Vientiane vacation.
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  • We walked passed the street next to it. I saw that and wanted to have a look. It's quite unusual to see a shrine like this one. It's cover in plants and seems abandoned but in the middle of the "city"...  more »
  • Found this a bit haunting. Like a remnant from a bygone era. This being a historic place can use a bit more TLC from the people that takes care of historical sites.l other then that , it was a great e...  more »
  • I echo others' sentiments. It was walking distance from my hotel and on the way of the start of my own walking tour. The area is very sketchy and obviously it is old and significant but they have not ...  more »
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  • Also called the Black Stupa, it's a quick visit, not too much to see. Supposedly was once covered in gold leaf like That Luang.
  • That Dam means "black Stupa" (That is Stupa, Dam is black).
  • It is interesting and old but could do with a little bit more info so its' significance can be understood a little better by tourists.
  • Heard it was covered over a lake...the monument was possible built by the France ppl...
  • Beautiful and lot of attraction places and restaurant